UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura  during a press briefing in Geneva, where he announced a “temporary pause” until February 25th of talks aimed at ending the civil war. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

UN-mediated talks to end the war in Syria are on pause until February 25th, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday, saying the talks had not fa(...)

Michael Carvill, managing director of Kenmare Resources, said if it cannot raise the extra portion to pay down debt, it would seek a debt-for-equity swap. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Iluka Resources, the Australian company that walked away this week from a drawn-out bid to buy Irish miner Kenmare Resources, says it remains interes(...)

Delicate diplomacy: John Kerry with foreign ministers from Russia, Sergei Lavrov; Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir; and Turkey, Feridun Sinirlioglu. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

The second round of talks on the Syrian crisis taking place in Vienna could be more positive than the initial October 30th session because the politic(...)

Western leaders now say  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks – the latest evidence that key we(...)

Circle said it intends to select suitable partners with whom it can evaluate and develop  prospects on the permit

Circle Oil, the Cork-based oil and gas exploration company that is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market in London, has been given approval to r(...)

Yemeni activists hold a banner with pictures of kidnapped French Isabelle Prime and her Yemeni colleague during a protest in Sanaa, Yemen. Photograph: AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

A French woman abducted in Yemen in February has been freed, President Francois Hollande’s office said on Friday, adding that he would welcome her bac(...)

Circle Oil, which is focused on oil and gas exploration and production in Morocco, Tunisia, Oman and Egypt, has a 75 per cent interest in the Lalla Mimouna permit

Circle Oil, the Limerick-based oil and gas exploration company that is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market in London, has reported positive re(...)

An airport employee  monitors a screen as travelers walk past a thermoscan checking their body temperature upon their arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photograph:  Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

One of Thailand’s leading hospitals, known for treating medical tourists, said on Friday it had received the country’s first case of Middle East Resp(...)

People stand in front of buildings damaged by a Saudi-led air strike that hit the Yemeni army’s main headquarters in Sanaa, June 7th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 44 people during an attack on the main headquarters of the Yemeni army in central Sanaa on Sunday, the state new(...)

People taking pictures as the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 takes off for Hawaii from Nanjing Lukou International Airport in China. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

A solar plane attempting to fly around the world without a drop of fuel is making an unscheduled stop in Japan due to bad weather. The Swiss pilot of (...)